As of Monday, March 19, 2018
WATERVILLE The federal Bureau of Land Management has renewed charters for 21 of 37 Resource Advisory Councils.
The councils assist in the development of committee recommendations on public land management issues.
There are 30 statewide and regional committees; five advisory committees affiliated with specific sites and the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board and the North Slope Science Initiative Science Technical Advisory Panel.
"Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is committed to restoring trust in the Department's decision-making and that begins with institutionalizing state and local input and ongoing collaboration especially in communities surrounding public lands," BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed said. "The BLM's 37 advisory councils are essential to the Secretary's collaborative approach to public land management at the local level."
Each 10- to 15- member council has a two-year charter outlining membership and how the group operates.
The renewed charters direct committee members not to participate in deliberations or votes pertaining to issues in which a member has direct financial interest.
In May 2017, Secretary Zinke initiated a review of all advisory councils and boards department-wide.
Council activities and meetings were temporarily halted during the review, which looked at each committee's charter, charge, composition and compliance with the 1972 Federal Advisory Committee Act.